My question is about the legislative process. Recently Trump and the Democrats worked out a "deal" on the debt ceiling and aid for Hurricane Harvey victims. And, this deal passed Congress despite Republican leadership opposition. Now there is talk of another Trump - Democrat "deal" regarding DACA and border security (the to be or not to be "wall").
How does this work when the Republicans have majorities in both houses of Congress and also (I believe) control the agenda (decide which bills will come up for a vote and which will not)? Have the Democrats (and Trump) formed a coalition with moderate Republicans (if such an animal even exists any more)? Don't get me wrong, I like the idea of our leaders compromising to get things done. It's just that I am missing something in all this. I thought I had a good understanding of the legislative process. But I don't understand how the President is making "deals" with the minority party to pass legislation.